MelodicRockFest 5

Revolution Saints

Wed
25
Oct

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Light In The Dark (Review)

information persons: 
content: 
90%
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Friday, October 13, 2017
Categories: 
 
In designing this supergroup, the powers that be could have gone two ways – the Damn Yankees melodic hard rock route, with a more prominent role for Jack Blades’ vocals; or the Journeyesque AOR/melodic rock route, which is what this sounds like.
With superstar drummer and vocalist Deen Castronovo taking on the vast majority of all vocals, Revolution Saints offers Journey fans something with a little more bite.
 
I would have preferred a Damn Yankees model – where members wrote the songs and were fully utilized and the band had their own identity.
 
Revolution Saints is very much Deen and Alessandro Del Vecchio’s baby and while once again Alessandro has crafted a strong set of melodic rock friendly songs and a big production, there doesn’t appear to be much of Jack Blades’ personality on here past the opening anthem Light In The Dark.
 
Doug Aldrich shreds and riffs like the magician he is, but this is Deen’s record. Damn the boy can sing! Whether it’s the uptempo anthemic material or the slow, resolute ballads, Deen gives Steve Perry a run for his money.
Highlights include the perfect stadium anthem Light In The Dark, the slow dark and moody Freedom, the exquisite Journeyesque ballads Wouldn’t Change A Thing and Can’t Run Away From Love, the harder edge of rockers Take You Down and The Storm Inside.
The new album is far more uptempo than the debut, but I still probably prefer that release as the rockers here are good – but there are times where I find my attention drifting when some of the songs tend to sound very similar.

Overall, this can be described as another great slice of European produced melodic rock – even if the 3 principle musicians are all Americans. It doesn’t push any boundaries, but it’s not meant to. The sole purpose of Revolution Saints is to deliver a Journey friendly album of commercial 80s style melodic rock and let Deen sing his heart out. That is delivered with ease and for that reason, fans will love this record.
 
Score: 
90
 
Mon
09
Oct

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - REVOLUTION SAINTS, AUTOGRAPH & IRON MAIDEN

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On this episode, former WHITESNAKE and current The Dead Daisies/Revolution Saints guitarist, Doug Aldrich talks about the new Revolution Saints' Light In The Dark album, re-recording Whitesnake's '87 & Slip Of The Tongue albums, backstage fisticuffs, previous bands including Lion and becoming a painter.
 
Next up, AUTOGRAPH's STEVE LYNCH talks about their new album Get Off Your Ass, producer Andy Johns and the time he was invited to join KISS.
 
Finally, former SAMSON & IRON MAIDEN drummer, THUNDERSTICK talks about the early days of both bands, his new album Something Wicked This Way Comes, Steve Harris, Ethel The Frog and much more.
 

 
Tue
19
Sep

REVOLUTION SAINTS Launch New Single 'I Wouldn’t Change A Thing'

Friday, October 13, 2017
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REVOLUTION SAINTS—Deen Castronovo (ex-JourneyBad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO), Jack Blades (Night RangerDamn Yankees)—released the third video, “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing,” from their highly anticipated second album.
 
 
It was directed by Maurizio Del Piccolo of Moviedel, and it was shot at Villa Bossi in Bodio Lomnago, Varese, Italy.
 
“I Wouldn't Change A Thing" was originally written by Richard Page from Mr. Mister,” says Castronovo, “and Serafino wanted us to do it our way. The first time I heard it, I got a bit choked up. It’s a beautiful ballad that Doug got a hold of and put his stamp on it.”
 
"The song was filmed at magnificent historic home outside of Milano, Italy,” Aldrich continues. “It was a rainy day and really had a great vibe for the video. We spent most of the day going for the basic shots and the actors did the love scenes later. There was some steamy stuff going on in the script and I decided it was a bit too racy for me, so I decided to help the chef with his pesto sauce! It is a beautiful song and a nice video. I was very happy about how the solo guitar worked and Deen just shines!!"
 
LIGHT IN THE DARK is due out October 13 on Frontiers Music Srl, and will be available on CD, CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (includes live bonus tracks on the CD and on the DVD, footage from the band’s first-ever live performance captured at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan this past April, a “Making Of” mini-documentary, and music videos for “Light In The Dark” and “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing”), Vinyl, and as a special Limited Edition Box Set (includes the Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, 180g Vinyl, T-shirt (size L), poster, lithograph and sticker). Pre-orders for all formats can be made at the following locations:
 
You can also listen to REVOLUTION SAINTS' newest music on Spotify here: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkSpotify
 
LIGHT IN THE DARK builds off the classic melodic rock style of the debut, but fans should prepare for a somehow even more inspired set and a few (pleasant) surprises. Inspiring, uplifting, emotionally powerful, and thoughtful, this album WILL be the soundtrack to many a moment in your life.
 
 
 
Sat
22
Jul

REVOLUTION SAINTS Bring 'Light In The Dark' Oct 13

Friday, October 13, 2017
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REVOLUTION SAINTS
ANNOUNCE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND ALBUM,
‘LIGHT IN THE DARK,’
OUT OCTOBER 13 ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
AND RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK
 
After the 2015 release of the self-titled debut album by REVOLUTION SAINTS--Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO), Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)—rock fans around the world rejoiced at the inspired musical offering. Those fans will, once again, have cause for celebration as REVOLUTION SAINTS will be releasing their second album later this year. Today, the band has released a video for the title track to the new album, which can be seen here:
 

 
LIGHT IN THE DARK is due out October 13 on Frontiers Music Srl. The album will be available on CD, CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (includes live bonus tracks on the CD and on the DVD, footage from the band’s first-ever live performance captured at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan this past April, a “Making Of” mini-documentary, and music videos for “Light In The Dark” and “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing”), Vinyl, and as a special Limited Edition Box Set (includes the Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, 180g Vinyl, T-shirt (size L), poster, lithograph and sticker).
 
For LIGHT IN THE DARK, REVOLUTION SAINTS once again teamed up with producer/songwriter Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, JORN), who was also behind the boards for the band’s debut album. Most of LIGHT IN THE DARK was recorded at Del Vecchio’s studios in Somma Lombardo, Italy, with additional recording taking place at Blades’ studio in Washington, Aldrich’s CasaDala studio in Los Angeles, and other countries all over the world while Aldrich was on tour with The Dead Daisies.
 
“This is a fun band!” exclaims bassist Jack Blades. “I think the fans are going to pick up on the excitement and the shear musical enjoyment we are having. It was great going to Italy to get the album started and film the videos, and the music speaks for itself.”
 
“’Light In The Dark’ is such a great song,” continues singer/drummer Deen Castronovo. “It was the first one we recorded. We ran through it a few times and nailed it in the first couple takes. We're so excited for everyone to hear this record. We're very happy with what we came up with and can't wait to bring it to everyone live.”
 
As guitarist Doug Aldrich proclaims, “I’m very excited about REVOLUTION SAINTS’ second record! First I want to say that it's because of huge support from the fans that RS2 happened. Thank you. If you liked #1, I think you'll love this one even more. It’s stronger, and a bit heavier in some spots. We tried a few new things and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it! There’s a very good chance we’ll finally get to play live and we’re currently exploring the possibilities of a tour. For now, get ready, because the album kicks ass and it's comin’ at you real soon!”
 
REVOLUTION SAINTS was born from the vision of Frontiers' President, Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project highlighting Deen Castronovo’s amazing vocal abilities. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.
 
This time, with one album already under their belt, REVOLUTION SAINTS entered the studio to record the new album more familiar with one another and a clear understanding of where they wanted this to go. As with the first album, Castronovo’s superb vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release and deservedly so. Pretty impressive for a man who is most widely known for his incredible drumming talents. Jack Blades really needs no introduction at this point, but for those who have been living under a rock, his bass and vocal talents are well documented over the years through his work with Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades, and more. And, of course, a major feature is the fiery and intense playing from former Whitesnake and DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich, whose blistering guitar fretwork is on full display here.
 
LIGHT IN THE DARK builds off the classic melodic rock style of the debut, but fans should prepare for a somehow even more inspired set and a few (pleasant) surprises. Inspiring, uplifting, emotionally powerful, and thoughtful, this album WILL be the soundtrack to many a moment in your life.
 
The music media had a lot of praise for the band’s self-titled debut album:
 
“The 2015 eponymous debut album from rock supergroup Revolution Saints showcases the outfit's swaggering, guitar-based sound..Together, these titans of rock have crafted a soaring, lick-ripping album of classic '70s- and '80s-influenced hard rock.” -- AllMusic
 
“REVOLUTION SAINTS is what you should expect: sharply played, always harmonious retro hard rock...a classy, melodious and sentimental walk back to when commercial hard rock was king. An album like this in 1986 would've been an automatic chart burner and cheers to Blades, Castronovo and Aldrich for treating this moment like an automatic chart burner is imperative to their inner fabrics.” – Blabbermouth
 
“...a remarkable album full of winners.” – Rockrevoltmagazine
 
“The bottom line here is that Revolution Saints are a damn good band...This is just good music, well written, well sung and well played. Nice job guys!” – Classicrockrevisited
 
“These are uplifting, joyful songs and there is no brooding melancholy here. They are inspiring, positive and full of sunshine. Everyone involved is musically perfect and flawless...A fine addition to any music collection, Revolution Saints is well worth the investment.” – CrypticRock
 
“Revolution Saints are being dubbed ‘the musicianship to die for’ and one of the most interesting collaborations in the recent history of rock. Guessing by their first effort, there’s neither a pomposity nor an exaggeration to such statements. Revolution Saints is, to put it simply, an instant melodic rock classic standing up to reputation of all parts involved...what is perhaps the album’s strongest point is the material itself, 12 songs distinguished not only by the extraordinary performance, but also by the high quality songwriting. Intertwining soaring power ballads with fiery guitar-laden tunes, all of them embroidered with perfectly crafted melodies, Revolution Saints is not only a must for all Night Ranger/Journey/Whitesnake fans. It actually goes far beyond the musicians’ collective resumes with its catchy-yet-tasteful melodies and classic hard rock flavors.” -- Hardrockhaven
 
To all of the loyal REVOLUTION SAINTS fans, prepare to have your patience rewarded beyond your wildest dreams with this album! Understand this clearly, REVOLUTION SAINTS is HERE TO STAY!
 
Here’s the complete track listing for LIGHT IN THE DARK:
 
1. Light In The Dark
2. Freedom
3. Ride On
4. I Wouldn’t Change A Thing
5. Don’s Surrender
6. Take You Down
7. The Storm Inside
8. Can’t Run Away From Love
9. Running On The Edge
10. Another Chance
11. Falling Apart
12. Back On My Trail (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
13. Turn Back Time (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
14. Here Forever (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
15. Locked Out Of Paradise (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
 
Bonus DVD contents:
 
--REVOLUTION SAINTS live at Frontiers Rock Festival (“Back On My Trail,” “Turn Back Time,” “Here Forever,” “Locked Out Of Paradise”)
--Making of LIGHT IN THE DARK (documentary)
--“Light In The Dark” (song video)
--“I Wouldn’t Change A Thing” (song video)

 
Thu
20
Apr

REVOLUTION SAINTS Hit The Studio For Sophmore Recording

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REVOLUTION SAINTS head into the studio next week in Italy to start the recording of their highly anticipated second record with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who also produced the debut album.
 
Deen Castronovo (ex Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Ronnie James Dio), and Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) will record a scorching set of songs written by Doug and Alessandro between the end of 2016 and early 2017.
 
In between recording sessions, Revolution Saints will make their official live debut at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milan, Italy) where they will be performing a setlist of songs from their first album, plus a few surprises! The band hopes to do more shows to promote the forthcoming album, which is currently set for a release in early October.

 

 
Thu
26
Feb

Focus On Metal - REVOLUTION SAINTS

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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The new release from Revolution Saints drops this week and Doug Aldrich returns to the Focus On Metal show to give all the lowdown on it. Doug also gives some insight into his decision to leave Whitesnake as well as an update on what's going on with Burning Rain and his hometown gig with Raiding The Rock Vault.
 
Listen now at: www.focusonmetal.net and iTunes.
 
Tue
10
Feb

One On One With Mitch Lafon - REVOLUTION SAINTS & ECLIPSE

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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JOURNEY drummer, DEEN CASTRONOVO, joins Mitch in part one of this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON to discuss his great new band REVOLUTION SAINTS which includes NIGHT RANGER's Jack Blades and BURNING RAIN's Doug Aldrich. Deen also talks about former Journey vocalist  Steve Perry, KISS' Paul Stanley, a new Journey album,  Cacophony  with Jason Becker and Marty Friedman , working with Ozzy Osbourne and the  Ozzmosis  album , Steve Vai, his parents, guitarists  Zakk Wylde  &  Neal Schon,Bad English, Wild Dogs, Hardline, Journey and their upcoming Canadian tour  a nd of course  the new band & album,  Revolution Saints.
 
ECLIPSE's ERIK MARTENSSON joins Mitch in part two to talk about the band's new album Armageddonize, re-releasing the band's back catalogue, the Scandinavian Invasion, Age Sten Nilsen and Ammunition, Jeff Scott Soto and W.E.T and much more.
 
Find REVOLUTION SAINTS on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints
Follow DEEN CASTRONOVO on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/DeenCastronovo1
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Follow JOURNEY on Twitter:  @JourneyOfficial

Follow Erik and ECLIPSE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EclipseSweden
Follow ECLIPSE on TWITTER:    @eclipsesweden 

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is:  http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

 
Wed
28
Jan

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Revolution Saints (Review)

information persons: 
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Categories: 
Any project touting Deen Castronovo on lead vocals is going to get my attention and enthusiasm. To add Mr. Melody Jack Blades and the righteous Doug Aldrich turns a triple play into a home run.
Overseeing the project in man of the moment Alessandro Del Vecchio, adding his always brilliant keyboards, plus composing most of the songs and adding his deft touch to the production, which I think has to be his most accomplished effort yet.
‘It is a musician's record,' states Castronovo of the project. Indeed it is. There are a plethora of examples of exquisite musicianship from all throughout the record, none more so than Castronovo himself, who delivers a masters clinic on how exactly to play on a rock record with power, soul and finesse.
 
While I am somewhat hesitant to embrace superstar projects that aren’t born from a natural evolution of personalities and circumstances, this project totally makes sense and thanks to some amazing songs from Del Vecchio, delivers in spades.
Of course I’d prefer all three guys to be amongst the writing credits, but now this album is done and done so well, perhaps discussions about the next album will allow that to happen. And there sure will be a follow up to this. It’s just too good.
 
Back On My Trail is a dramatic album opener that rocks as intended. Upbeat and driven by a thumping beat and some hard edged, but melodic guitar riffs.
Deen bursts through the speakers with power and authority in his own natural tone, which is a combination of the sweet tone of Steve Perry and the power of Jeff Scott Soto.
He lets rip a few notes that simply stun. And his drumming is quickly simply insane. There are drum fills and progressive twists throughout the song.
A terrific guitar solo with numerous flourishes throughout shows what a master Doug Aldrich is, while Jack Blades’ bass truly thumps away.
The song itself is a powerhouse melodic hard rocker that sounds like Journey meets Night Ranger, but with the sonic edge that Doug brought to Whitesnake. Harmonies abound and the chorus is simple, but memorable and gets better with every listen.
 
Turn Back Time is co-written by Alessandro and Jack Blades and is an easy choice for the first single. The feel good anthemic and uptempo melodic rocker sees Deen and Jack share lead vocals, with Deen doing his finest Journey style melodies and everyone joining in to take the chorus over the top. Some more tasty guitar soloing and an infectious foot thumping beat makes the song a clear winner. Deen again is a monster on drums. How does he do it?
 
You're Not Alone sees Alessandro Del Vecchio’s piano opens the first ballad of the album. It’s only a matter of seconds before the power of this song is on display. Arnel Pineda and Deen share lead vocals in a very recent era Journey-esque track that features layers of keyboards and rich musical depth. It’s a big power ballad that reminds me heavily of the more dramatic songs off the LRS album (also written by Alessandro). It’s a big and powerful ballad where vocals are the emphasis and there’s plenty of them!
 
Locked Out Of Paradise is a monster melodic hard rock tune. It’s one of the heavier album tracks and is maybe the most powerful song I have heard Deen Castronovo appear on since Hardline. The drumming is stunning, while the vocals are pure Perry-goes-metal.
The chorus gets better and better and the song structure is such that it takes the classic melodic hard rock format, but modernizes it. Doug’s guitar playing is sublime from start to finish.
 
Way To The Sun features an acoustic guitar and a soulful vocal greeting the start of the next track. Another ballad? Not sure I’m ready for that, but that vocal! Then 1 minute in, the song bursts to life, with the full power of the band in action. The chorus is beautiful – harmony vocals, a powerful drum rip, an authoritative guitar riff. Neal Schon guests on the track with a typically soulful flurry of guitar chords that is pure Journey. The track continues building throughout, so by this time it’s in full epic mode, with vocals, guitars and harmonies. Beautiful track.
 
Dream On is a song written by Erik Martensson, with Johan and Kris Becker, Alessandro and Jack Blades. The combined collaboration works, as this is a brilliant pure melodic rock stadium anthem, with Deen sounding like a raspier Escape/Frontiers era Steve Perry.
The chorus is pure ear candy and the energy infectious. Erik Martensson’s writing influence here is undeniable. Melodic bliss.
 
Don’t Walk Away is another ballad and to be honest, at first I thought it was too early for another ballad, but once again, that fear is dismissed with the first note Deen sings. Wow, this guy has soul and passion that’s been kept hidden for too long.
The song starts as a soft piano ballad, with Deen and Alessandro featured together until the chorus sees a full band accompaniment. And what a chorus. A hit single in any other era.
A monster Alessandro song that is pure Journey. The end of the song is simply epic and some of the notes Deen hits are insane. This song features some big big vocals and a great guitar solo too.
 
Here Forever is another ballad, but like each slower track before it, it is different once again and stands on its own. It’s probably one ballad too many and it does make me question the sequencing of the album, but you can’t deny that the song is soulful, powerful and emotional. It’s more rock then ballad and Deen’s voice is outstanding once again. Definitely reminds me of Journey.
 
Strangers To This Life – it’s time to fire proceedings back up again. Deen goes full Perry for this moody rocker that might have sounded pretty comfortable on Journey’s Trial By Fire.
 
Better World is another upbeat melodic rocker that has a strong European feel and a good mix of Journey too. The verse and bridge-to-chorus is pure Journey, while the chorus is more Euro-melodic rock, with keyboards a plenty. Of course there is a tasty Aldrich solo and some rolling bass thumping from Jack. Alessandro takes a writing credit with Magnus Karlsson on this one.
 
How To Mend A Broken Heart is a ripping version of the brilliant Eclipse track. This has all the energy of the original and Deen sounds brilliant singing it. That rasp in his voice is a joy! For those that don’t know Eclipse, let this be an introduction to the fabulous Swedish band.
 
A sparse piano ballad to close the album. While another ballad might not be on the menu for some, In The Name Of The Father is a stunner almost worth the price of the album alone. Deen’s vocals send a shiver down the spine as just his voice and a piano deliver the first half of the song. There’s orchestral backing and then the full band chimes in. Truly a magnificent, epic ballad and the song itself (from Alessandro on his own) is brilliant. Steve Perry would be proud…
 

So there you have it folks. On paper, the lineup looks amazing and on record the guys deliver. More a product of Alessandro’s pen and production efforts, but the performances by the guys are what makes these songs come to life.
We’ve always known that Deen Castronovo is a freak drummer and an amazing vocalist, but this album propels him into the spotlight and he excels in both roles.
I’d love to see these guys hit the road, I can only imagine the setlist, but duties with their main bands will no doubt curtail any fan hopes.
 
Score: 
95
 
Wed
28
Jan

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Revolution Saints (Showcase)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Revolution Saints
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 

Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three titans together in a band and you have REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS is not going to be your average rock 'n roll band. The record brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Simply put, it is completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, OR during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today.

Truly, this will be a release that you cannot miss!

REVOLUTION SAINTS:
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Featuring:
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun
Arnel Pineda - co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon - guitar solo on Way To The Sun

 
TracklistingBack On My Trail; Turn Back Time; You're Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda); Locked Out Of Paradise; Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon); Dream On; Don't Walk Away; Here Forever; Strangers To This Life; Better World; How To Mend A Broken Heart; In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song). Bonus tracks (deluxe edition only): You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version); Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version); You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo Version).

DVD content: Making of the Album documentary; Turn Back Time (videoclip); Back On My Trail (videoclip); Here Forever (videoclip); Way to the Sun (lyric video)

 

 
Thu
18
Dec

REVOLUTION SAINTS Launch PledgeMusic Pre-Order

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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REVOLUTION SAINTS LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE
PRE-ORDER VIA PLEDGEMUSIC AT http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/revolutionsaints

 Band Featuring Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Deen Castronovo (Journey) To Release Self-Titled Debut Album Via

Frontiers Music SRL in February
 
Special Guest Appaearances by Journey's Neal Schon,
Arnel Pineda and Alessandro Del Vecchio

 
Revolution Saints,
the band comprised of three icons of rock music, have just launched a pre-order for their upcoming self-titled debut album. Revolution Saints is slated for release on February 20th in Europe and February 24th in North America via Frontiers Music SRL. The band has launched a pre-order via PledgeMusic containing various exclusive merchandise items including posters, signed items, clothing apparel and even drink koozies. Fans can go to  http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/revolutionsaints to place their order.
 
Revolution Saints
is easily one of the most-anticipated new projects of 2015. The band features guitars by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). Last week the band released the video for the song 'Turn Back Time' which has been viewed almost 40,000 times. The video was directed by Devin DeHaven known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly. The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/KeZKAVUyKQc.
 
From the opening notes of 'Back On My Trail' to the piano outro on the album-closer 'In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song),' it is clear Revolution Saints is a musical force to be reckoned with. Songs 'Locked Out Of Paradise,' 'Dream On' and 'Here Forever' showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Deen's band mates from Journey also make an appearance on the album with guitarist Neal Schon showing up on 'Way To The Sun' and vocalist Arnel Pineda singing on 'You're Not Alone.' The album's 80's vibe is reminiscent of some of the biggest hard rock tracks of the day, but with a modern feel, backed by top-level musicianship. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZReg and deluxe edition with bonus DVD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZDlx. Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes at http://geni.us/RevSaintsiTunes will receive an automatic download of 'Turn Back Time.'
 
Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here: http://youtu.be/xOKjuLhUkKs.
Alessandro Del Vecchio produced the album.
 
The track listing for Revolution Saints is:                                                   
1.       Back On My Trail
2.       Turn Back Time
3.       You're Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
4.       Locked Out Of Paradise
5.       Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
6.       Dream On
7.       Don't Walk Away
8.       Here Forever
9.       Strangers To This Life
10.    Better World
11.    How To Mend A Broken Heart
12.    In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song)
 
https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/revolutionsaints
http://www.frontiers.it
  

 
Fri
12
Dec

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Track By Track Album Preview

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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***UPDATED: FULL ALBUM NOW PREVIEWED AND SAMPLED***
 
 
 
 
Revolution Saints is the newest power trio to arrive on the scene and features guitar skills by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZReg and deluxe edition with bonus DVD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZDlx. Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes athttp://geni.us/RevSaintsiTunes will receive an automatic download of 'Turn Back Time.' 'It's a fun record. It's not safe. It is a musician's record,' states Castronovo.
 
Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here:http://youtu.be/xOKjuLhUkKs.
 

Here at MelodicRock.com I'm going to go through the album Track By Track with our own exclusive teaser Soundbytes!

Back On My Trail – A dramatic album opener that rocks as intended. Upbeat and driven by a thumping beat and some hard edged, but melodic guitar riffs.
Deen bursts through the speakers with power and authority in his own natural tone, which is a combination of the sweet tone of Steve Perry and the power of Jeff Scott Soto.
He lets rip a few notes that simply stun. And his drumming is quickly simply insane. There are drum fills and progressive twists throughout the song.
A terrific guitar solo with numerous flourishes throughout shows what a master Doug Aldrich is, while Jack Blades’ bass truly thumps away.
The song itself is a powerhouse melodic hard rocker that sounds like Journey meets Night Ranger, but with the sonic edge that Doug brought to Whitesnake. Harmonies abound and the chorus is simple, but memorable and gets better with every listen.
The classy song is written, like much of the album, by Alessandro Del Vecchio who also produces and contributes keyboards and piano. This is easily Ale’s most accomplished work to date.
 
Check it out: Back On My Trail
 
Turn Back Time is co-written by Alessandro and Jack Blades and is an easy choice for the first single. The feel good anthemic and uptempo melodic rocker sees Deen and Jack share lead vocals, with Deen doing his finest Journey style melodies and everyone joining in to take the chorus over the top.
Some more tasty guitar soloing and an infectious foot thumping beat makes the song a clear winner.
Deen again is a monster on drums. How does he do it? Hear the song in full with the newly launched video:
 

 
You're Not AloneAlessandro Del Vecchio’s piano opens the first ballad of the album. It’s only a matter of seconds before the power of this song is on display.
Arnel Pineda and Deen share lead vocals in a very recent era Journey-esque track that features layers of keyboards and rich musical depth.
It’s a big power ballad that reminds me heavily of the more dramatic songs off the LRS album (also written by Alessandro)
It’s a big and powerful ballad where vocals are the emphasis and there’s plenty of them!
 
 
Locked Out Of Paradise is a monster melodic hard rock tune. It’s one of the heavier album tracks and is maybe the most powerful song I have heard Deen Castronovo appear on since Hardline. The drumming is stunning, while the vocals are pure Perry-goes-metal.
The chorus gets better and better and the song structure is such that it takes the classic melodic hard rock format, but modernizes it. Doug’s guitar playing is sublime from start to finish.
Another Alessandro Del Vecchio song.
 
Check it out: Locked Out Of Paradise
 
Way To The Sun - An acoustic guitar and a soulful vocal greet the start of the next track. Another ballad? Not sure I’m ready for that, but that vocal! Then 1 minute in, the song bursts to life, with the full power of the band in action. The chorus is beautiful – harmony vocals, a powerful drum rip, an authoritative guitar riff.
Neal Schon guests on the track with a typically soulful flurry of guitar chords that is pure Journey.
Interestingly, Deen asked Alessandro to sing the chorus with him so Ale could be on the same track as Neal. That’s coolness for you. 
The track continues building throughout, so by this time it’s in full epic mode, with vocals, guitars and harmonies. Beautiful track.
 
 
Dream On is a song written by Erik Martensson, Johan and Kris Becker, Alessandro and Jack Blades. The combined collaboration works, as this is a brilliant pure melodic rock stadium anthem, with Deen sounding like a raspier Escape/Frontiers era Steve Perry.
The chorus is pure ear candy and the energy infectious.
Erik Martensson’s writing influence here is undeniable. Melodic bliss.
 
Check it out - Dream On
 
Don’t Walk Away is another ballad and to be honest, at first I thought it was too early for another ballad, but once again, that fear is dismissed with the first note Deen sings. Wow, this guy has soul and passion that’s been kept hidden for too long.
The song starts as a soft piano ballad, with Deen and Alessandro featured together until the chorus sees a full band accompaniment. And what a chorus. A hit single in any other era.
A monster Alessandro song that is pure Journey. The end of the song is simply epic and some of the notes Deen hits are insane. This song features some big big vocals and a great guitar solo too.
 
Check it out - Don't Walk Away
 
Here Forever is another ballad, but like each slower track before it, it is different once again and stands on its own. I love this track. Soulful, powerful and emotional. It’s more rock then ballad and Deen’s voice is outstanding once again. Definitely reminds me of Journey.
 
Check it out - Here Forever
 
Strangers To This Life – it’s time to fire proceedings back up again. Deen goes full Perry for this moody rocker that might have sounded pretty comfortable on Journey’s Trial By Fire.
 
Check it out - Strangers To This Life
 
Better World is another upbeat melodic rocker that has a strong European feel and a good mix of Journey too. The verse and bridge-to-chorus is pure Journey, while the chorus is more Euro-melodic rock, with keyboards a plenty. Of course there is a tasty Aldrich solo and some rolling bass thumping from Jack. Alessandro takes a writing credit with Magnus Karlsson on this one.
 
Check it out - Better World
 
How To Mend A Broken Heart is a ripping version of the brilliance Eclipse track. This has all the energy of the original and Deen sounds brilliant singing it. That rasp in his voice is a joy! For those that don’t know Eclipse, let this be an introduction to the fabulous Swedish band.
 

A sparse piano ballad to close the album. While another ballad might not be on the menu for some, In The Name Of The Father is a stunner almost worth the price of the album alone. Deen’s vocals send a shiver down the spine as just his voice and a piano deliver the first half of the song. There’s orchestral backing and then the full band chimes in. Truly a magnificent, epic ballad and the song itself (from Alessandro on his own) is brilliant. Steve Perry would be proud…
 
 
Wed
10
Dec

REVOLUTION SAINTS Debut First Video 'Turn Back Time'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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REVOLUTION SAINTS RELEASE VIDEO FOR
'TURN BACK TIME' FROM THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT SLATED FOR RELEASE IN FEBRUARY
 
Video From The Band Featuring Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and Deen Castronovo (Journey) Can Be Seen At http://youtu.be/KeZKAVUyKQc
 
Three icons of rock music are combining their talents for the creation of one of the most anticipated new projects of 2015. Revolution Saints is the newest power trio to arrive on the scene and features guitar skills by Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), bass and co-lead vocals by Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) and drums and lead vocals by Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English). The band has just released the video for the song 'Turn Back Time' from their self-titled debut that is being released in Europe on February 20th and North America on February 24th via Frontiers Music SRL. The video was directed by Devin DeHaven known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly.
 
The video can be seen here:
 

 
From the opening notes of 'Back On My Trail' to the piano outro on the album-closer 'In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song),' it is clear Revolution Saints is a musical force to be reckoned with. Songs 'Locked Out Of Paradise,' 'Dream On' and 'Here Forever' showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Deen's band mates from Journey also make an appearance on the album with guitarist Neal Schon showing up on 'Way To The Sun' and vocalist Arnel Pineda singing on 'You're Not Alone.' The album's 80's vibe is reminiscent of some of the biggest hard rock tracks of the day, but with a modern feel, backed by top-level musicianship.
 
The album is available for pre-order at Amazon in standard CD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZReg and deluxe edition with bonus DVD at http://geni.us/RevSaintsAMZDlx. Fans who order the album digitally via iTunes at http://geni.us/RevSaintsiTunes will receive an automatic download of 'Turn Back Time.'
 
'It's a fun record. It's not safe. It is a musician's record,' states Castronovo.
 
Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here: http://youtu.be/xOKjuLhUkKs.
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio produced the album.
 
The track listing for Revolution Saints is:                                                   
1.       Back On My Trail
2.       Turn Back Time
3.       You're Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
4.       Locked Out Of Paradise
5.       Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
6.       Dream On
7.       Don't Walk Away
8.       Here Forever
9.       Strangers To This Life
10.    Better World
11.    How To Mend A Broken Heart
12.    In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song)
 
https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints
http://www.frontiers.it

 

  
 
Sat
22
Nov

REVOLUTION SAINTS Self Titled Debut Out February 20

Friday, February 20, 2015
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Released on CD, Deluxe Edition with bonus DVD, 
Digital Download and 180 gram black vinyl.

European release by Frontiers Records: Friday 20th February 2015
UK release: Monday 23rd February 2015
US release: Tuesday 24th February 2015

Deen CastronovoJack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three rock titans together in a band and you have the exciting new hard rock/melodic rock supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in JourneyBad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release.


Revolution Saints (L-R): Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Doug Aldrich (guitar). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Bladesreleases.

On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rainand formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS isn’t your average rock 'n roll band. The new album brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. It’s completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.


Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Truly, this will be a release that you cannot afford to miss. Lovers of melodic rock will fall in love all over again with REVOLUTION SAINTS.


Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

REVOLUTION SAINTS
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

SPECIAL GUESTS
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun 
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon – guitar solo on Way To The Sun

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio


Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography


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Tue
04
Nov

REVOLUTION SAINTS Preview Tracks Show Huge Promise

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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I’ve had the pleasure of hearing a little of the upcoming blockbuster REVOLUTION SAINTS album and I’m excited by what I’m hearing thus far.
 
The band of course features Deen Castronovo (Drums, Vocals), Jack Blades (Bass) and Doug Aldrich (Guitars). 
Follow their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints
 
Turn Back Time is an uptempo melodic rock anthem with Deen and Jack sharing lead vocals and Doug riffing away. Nice solo and some blistering shredding at the end!
Very catchy and interestingly has its own personality – not necessarily Journey meets Night Ranger, although the style of both bands features within.
 
Back On My Trail is a fast moving rocker with a sharp guitar riff and some very Steve Perry-like vocals from Deen. Harmonies fill through the speakers and the song sticks in your head immediately.
There’s some nice progressive drum fills and a blazing solo mid-song that make this anything but predictable.
 
I tend to hold back on expectations on these superstar projects, but I’m getting more and more excited after hearing these tunes and think the expectations of this line-up producing something very special might just be on track!
 
Fri
24
Oct

Blades, Castronovo & Aldrich Project Gets Tagged REVOLUTION SAINTS

Friday, October 24, 2014
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Announcing.....Revolution SaintsDeen Castronovo (Drums, Vocals), Jack Blades(Bass) and Doug Aldrich (Guitars).
 
Follow their official Facebook page for more information and album updates:https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints
 
Music COMING SOON!
 
The band has added one quick welcome message to their facebook page: "Welcome to the official Revolution Saints Facebook page! As you can see, we still have a TON of info to share with you regarding the upcoming album, which will be released in February 2015. Stay tuned as we reveal pictures, the album cover and most importantly, MUSIC in the coming weeks and months!"
 
 
 
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